The right machines can boost your maintenance capability
07 March 2013
Your skill and training are the key factors in securing carpet and upholstery maintenance contracts, but using the latest technology helps. Take your choice of vacuum cleaners. Things have moved on a lot in vacuum design over the last three years, and if your vacuums are more than three years old they could be inefficient by current standards. And that puts you at a disadvantage when bidding for work
For example, some of the latest Truvox Valet range of vacuums has a higher standard of HEPA filtration that reduces airborne dust or pollen particles that might trigger hay fever irritation or asthmatic episodes in sufferers.
Machines like the Truvox Valet Tub Vac, take compactness, light weight and manoeuvrability to new levels.With a powerful 1400- watt motor and four-stage filtration including a HEPA 10 filter, the Valet Tub Vac keeps hold of all dust of 0.3 micron or larger,preventing it from escaping into the workplace air, and has a 10-litre capacity.
Modern upright vacuums with more reach The recently introduced Truvox Valet Upright Vac has replaced the venerable Truvox Commercial Vac and is primarily intended for use in offices, hotels, nursing homes, schools and wherever there are large areas of carpet or covered floor and plenty of people to make them dirty. The Valet Upright Vac is compact and manoeuvrable yet is one powerful machine, with a 1200 Watt motor, a 37 cm cleaning path cleaning right to the edge and a commercial-strength metal brush roll for maximum performance and toughness.
The Quickdraw wand provides a 3.6 m cleaning reach and the onboard cleaning tools are always easy to get to. As with the Truvox tub vacuums, 3 stage filtration includes a HEPA 10 filter to keep airborne particulate to a minimum.
Daytime cleaning with scrubber driers The trend towards daytime cleaning has given cleaning contractors much stronger reasons for having rechargeable battery-powered scrubber driers like the Truvox Orbis Battery Scrubber.
Cleaning teams are proving enthusiastic about the Truvox Orbis Battery Scrubber for cleaning where space to manoeuvre is limited, or where cleaning has to be carried out during working hours.
The manoeuvrability of the compact Truvox Orbis Battery Scrubber is a major benefit when you have to clean quickly and efficiently around multiple obstructions in a crowded space. The fact that the Orbis Battery Scrubber has no trailing power lead is also a big safety benefit when there are staff, customers or patients about during cleaning times.
Easy manoeuvrability is also vital to the occupational health of the operator. Anyone who has ever tried to get a large traditional scrubber drier into a lift will know that it can take considerable effort and be a factor in back strain. The Orbis Battery Scrubber Drier is easily and quickly fitted into a lift, and loaded back into a small van when the job is done.
Powered by two minimum-maintenance rechargeable 12 V Gel batteries, providing a 24 V power supply, the Orbis Battery Scrubber is also making a big impression on hospital cleaning teams.
Capable of longer continuous spells of work than competitive compact machines, the Orbis is supplied with two 28 A/h batteries as standard. The battery power frees contract cleaners from the need to gain access to power points to be able to do their work and typical battery run time is about 1 hour. Additional batteries can be supplied on request.
Contract cleaners who purchase additional gel batteries can work more or less continuously with a brief break of about five minutes for a change of battery every hour. The machine is designed to clean at a rate of up to 1,100 square metres per hour.